Evening update from the Paddy Power Blog on all the latest betting moves in sport
– Despite my gloomy predictions earlier today, Tom Daley has qualified for the final of the men’s 10 metre platform. He put some poor form behind him to throw himself into the pool flamboyantly better than he was doing in yesterday’s qualifying round. He’s 14/1 to win tonight’s final (8.30pm), but in some more encouraging news, he’s third favourite, so a medal is on the cards.
– A medal is also on the cards for Mo Farah, but his chances of gold are rated considerably better than Daley’s. He goes in the final of the 5,000 metres this evening (7.40pm) and he’s 13/8 to win it.
– John Joe Nevin and Luke Campbell are making final preparations for their Bantamweight Final at the Excel Arena this evening (8.45pm). Being amateur boxing, there’s no pre-might ‘I’ll eat your babies trash talk’, just some polite mumblings about each other. “I’ve got family in Ireland who know Nevin’s family. We all know he’s great fighter, and he’s always been one of my major threats,” said Campbell whilst Nevin reckons “I’ll go out smiling and enjoy the whole thing. That’s my attitude. It’s brought me all the way to the final and hopefully it can take me one step further.” Nevin is the narrow 4/6 favourite to win the contest.
– It was the gold medal match in the men’s Olympic Football at Wembley today. Mexico beat Brazil 2-1 and although in most countries that would be greeted with an indifferent shrug, it’ll really hurt the Brazilians as they’re a little obsessed with the Olympic title. It’s the only major tournament they compete in that they’ve never won and Oscar’s missed header from five yards out to take the match into extra time won’t help the agony. Brazil were long time favourites for the title, but they again fail to deliver and the next target is the 2014 World Cup on home soil. The Samba Boys remain 7/2 to take World Cup number six.
A regular at the top of the podium for ill-advised commentators is Mark Lawrenson, who used to occasion to come up with a prediction that makes Pele look like Nostradamus. “We might just see the best of Brazil today,” said the genius co-commentator after 24 seconds of the gold medal match at Wembley. After precisely 28 seconds it was 1-0 to Mexico.
– Rangers discovered the life in Division 3 of Scottish football isn’t going to be all flogging fishermen, postmen and members of other assorted professions. The 54 times Scottish champions were held to a 2-2 draw away to Peterhead and they were a touch lucky to get that, relying on a 90th minute equaliser from Andy Little to pull level. Rangers had started well, going ahead after 27 minutes through Barrie McKay, but Peterhead scored to second half goals and forced some good saves out of Neil Alexander. It’s not likely to change their prospects of promotion however as the Glasgow side are still 1/50 to romp to the league title.
– In one of the more surreal questions and answers sessions we’ve ever seen, it’s been announced that Steve Kean will be sacked by Blackburn Rovers if he loses three games in a row with the club this season. The club’s global advisor, Shebby Singh fielded questions from supporters comprising the Blackburn Rovers Action Group. When pressed on how much patience the club would have with Kean in their promotion push, he cited three defeats in succession as being the limit of their patience, resulting in a loud cheers and chorus for ‘Kean out’ from the crowd. To avoided any claims of the ultimatum being labelled ‘lost in translation’ the MC clarified the situation with this exchange:
MC: “If the manager loses three games on the bounce, he’s gone?”
Shebby Singh: “Yes.”
Rovers are 4/1 to get promoted at the end of the season, but the odds of Kean being down the job club before that are much shorter.
– The third round of the US PGA Championship is underway. The leaders aren’t out until later this evening, but it’s been a good start for Luke Donald. Despite making the cut by the skin of his very white teeth, he’s made a move up the leaderboard. At +4, he’s still quite far behind the leaders on -4, just not as far as he was when he began this morning. British Open champion of 2010, Louis Oosthuizen is also going along well, but Tiger looks to be the man to beat and he’s 13/8 to be the one holding the oversized trophy on Sunday evening.